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Tom Hassler and Snake Haven

“As Tom Hassler, Hope of the Sea People, races to an oil spill from a wrecked ship to help the terrified, oil-soaked birds, his mind is already on a holiday. Somewhere nice and warm. After all, his grandmother has promised – and he knows he’s earned it. But when he finds himself on a tropical island with his best friend …

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Tom Hassler and The Whale Killers

“Tom Hassler is no ordinary boy. He can fly, for a start, and talk to sea creatures. But can he stop the slaughter of innocent whales and their calves in the Great Southern Ocean? Is he brave enough to stand in front of their harpoons, if that’s what it takes? In the Antarctic, a group of dastardly whale hunters are …

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Fool’s Assassin – Robin Hobb

“FOOL’S ASSASSIN – Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown. But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the …

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Desert God – Wilbur Smith

“DESERT GOD – On the shores of the Nile, the fate of a kingdom rests in one hero’s hands …Wilbur Smith, bestselling author of River God returns to Ancient Egypt in this long-awaited new historical epic. A novel of Ancient Egypt from the bestselling author of River God. Wilbur Smith is a master at the helm of one of the …

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Magic Animal Friends – Daisy Meadows

“Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play – just like you and me! Best friends Jess and Lily love all animals. But when they follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest – a place where animals live in tiny cottages and sip dandelion tea at the Toadstool Cafe – their summer holidays suddenly become much more …

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The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race

“Set in a land of custard trampolines and chocolate submarines, James Thorp’s The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race is an eccentric and exciting children’s story that tells the tale of an unforgettable race. With clever, imaginative language and dream-like illustrations, the book takes the reader on an exuberant adventure, following fiercely competitive creatures all rather inclined to cheat …

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SMAUG – Unleashing the Dragon

“Come face to face with Smaug the Magnificent, the most realistic, breathtaking and destructive dragon ever to appear on screen, in this gallery of exclusive images that tell the story of how he was created. Smaug is possibly the most memorable character in JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit: a huge, malevolent, fire-breathing, talking dragon! But while he makes quite an impact …

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Seven Wonders, The Colossus Rises – Peter Lerangis

“PERCY JACKSON meets ERAGON in the new epic saga from bestseller Peter Lerangis. “A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets… I can’t wait to see what’s next” Rick Riordan The day after twelve-year-old Jack McKinley is told he has six months to live, he awakens on a mysterious island, where a secret organization promises to save his life …

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Half a King – Joe Abercrombie

“HALF A KING – the first of three standalone but interconnected novels – will be published in July 2014. A classic coming-of-age tale, set in a brilliantly imagined alternative historical world reminiscent of the Dark Ages with Viking overtones, the book tells the story of Yarvi, youngest son of a warlike king. Born with a crippled hand, he can never …

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The Snow Queen – Michael Cunningham

It’s November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is suddenly and inexplicably inspired to look up at the sky, where he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Although Barrett doesn’t believe in visions – or in god, for that matter – he …

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